Skip to comments.Calif. woman apparently burned by rocks in pocket
Posted on 05/16/2012 11:33:31 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) A woman suffered third-degree burns after what appeared to be the spontaneous combustion of rocks that had been scooped up from a Southern California beach, a fire official said.
The 43-year-old woman's children collected the rocks Saturday at San Clemente Beach, and she tucked them into the pocket of her shorts, according to the Orange County Register (http://bit.ly/JuVv9L ).
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Weird. Can you imagine finding nice little rocks on the beach, and packing them in your suitcase for the flight back home.
No such thing as “spontaneous combustion”...
Hmm. I’m neither a geologist nor a chemist, but I’m wondering if they found something other than actual rocks. One of the comments on the story suggested crystalized byproducts of chemical manufacturing (well, the guy said explosives, but I’m thinking a bit broader than that). I have no earthly idea why a highly combustible chemical compound would be on a California beach, but it might explain the ignition and difficulty in putting it out.
Either way, weird story. Hope the lady recovers soon.
Sure there is. Magnesium and phosphate. Mix the two together in the open air and they ignite. It’s what tracer rounds are made of.
The rocks in her shorts are nothing compared to the rocks in her head.
“...if they found something other than actual rocks”
Hmm. Would also be perhaps why they picked them too. Why grab an ordinary rock when you can grab a “rock” with all sorts of cool yellow and white and green crystals.
When I first read this, I thought magnesium was involved (magnesium shavings used as kindling can burn very hot).
Oh - and the burns may have been caustic or acid “burns” - and not a “pants on fire” burn.
I’m gonna guess “shake and bake” + coverup. BTW, did you see Kirby Wilson is back with the Steelers? Well, glad he’s doing well.
Liar, liar, pants on fire!
Dang - I really should read the articles first - her pants DID catch on fire. Although I was partly right on the rocks - smooth, orange and green in color.
Something doesn’t add up here. I smell BS.
Thats so sad. Poor Women. But the authority must take quick action and investigate this issue. But 1 question remained unanswered how the rock caught fire?
I don't know crap about chemistry.
More like smelling burnt Pubic Hair.
San Clemente Beach is the next beach north of Camp Pendleton Marine Corp Station. Camp pendleton is a major marine training facility and they have practice beach landings.
After some of the winter storms you can usually walk the area beaches and find some of their flotsam jetsam washed ashore. Things like MRE’s, Medical kits and the like.
What? No lava rock jokes?
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